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The Commander Amphibious Task Force Surgeon (CATFS) course prepares Navy Medical Corps Officers for the unique challenges of being a CATFS. The objectives will prepare the student to serve as a Senior Medical Advisor to an Amphibious Task Force Commander while meeting the eligibility requirements for a CATFS assignment.

Learning site:

Surface Warfare Medicine Institute, San Diego, CA.

Primary mode of instruction:

Distance learning via DoD 365 Microsoft Teams.


Offered in March and September every fiscal year.



Provide the following information: name/rank, DoD ID number, unit, contact phone number, work, and personal e-mail address, requested course.

Security classification:


Course length:

5 days.

Continuing medical education (CME): 



The course coordinator arranges for the subject matter experts and SWMI instructors to present lesson topics.

Target audience: 

Commissioned Officer Paygrades O3-O6 in the Medical Corps, Nurse Corps, or Medical Service Corps. Priority will be given to Navy Medical Corps Officers (21XX) that are filling or have orders to fill a CATF-S billet. Other Medical Department Officers that have previous operational experience may request a seat based on space availability. Both active and reserve officers are eligible.

DISCLAIMER: Currently, access to the course is limited only to the US Navy. Please utilize the contact information above to inquire if foreign Navies can attend again.
****This course is under a temporary authorization allowing use of the virtual platform for course offerings pending completion of the Training Requirement Review. This precludes our ability to incorporate ship visits as part of these courses at this time.****

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